30. julio 2018
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What would our meals be without basil, mint and the like? Pretty boring it would seem. Whether dried or fresh – herbs belong in every kitchen. But what happens when you’re finished with the 99-cent basil stalk, which only keeps for a week and in the worst case can attract an invasion of tiny flies? The answer is simple: plant it. By following our pointers, every balcony can become a small, beautiful herb garden. But before slinging a shovel let us clarify a few points: how much space is available, what is to be planted, and what do the selected herbs require?
Easy-care marvels of aroma
Herbs generally require little care and are frugal. But every type has its peculiarities. Basil, for example, is a bit of a sponge. It requires a lot of water, preferably in half shade. Lavender and sage, on the other hand, love the sun and prefer dry places. Location and lighting conditions must thus be considered when selecting herbs.
To reap, one must sow
Planting takes place once the herb has been selected and the location set. Light and dark germinators must be distinguished for planting to be successful. So-called light germinators, such as basil, bear’s garlic, and dill, are merely laid on the soil and only minimally or not at all pressed into the soil. So that the wind does not blow them away, some sand can be strewn over the seeds. Dark germinators like parsley, nasturtium, and coriander, however, feel more at home a little deeper down.
On your seeds, get set, go!
Planting should only begin after there is no more frost at night. This particularly applies to Mediterranean herb types. Otherwise, the beginning of May is the ideal moment to plant. Aerate the soil before releasing your green thumb. To play it safe, mix a bit of fine compost and some sand into the soil, or to quickly put down roots go directly for the herb potting soil at your garden center. To plant herb plants, make sure that the plant hole is twice the size of the root ball. So that herbs on balconies don’t drown, drainage at the base of the pot is important. Best for this is chert or clay fragments.
No balcony? No problem!
All conceivable herbs can be cultivated in closed rooms with this Indoor Farming concept, of which we have previously reported. But things can get even more professional and sustainable – the Grove Ecosystem combines market gardening with an aquarium. This closed circuit is also ideal for indoor cultivation. So get your hands dirty! Here’s to green and especially healthy surroundings. Why do you think they say, “Gardners are the happiest people, because they know what blooms for them.”
We wish you lots of fun and success in your herb cultivation.